Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Vice President for Energy Policy Greg Dotson issued the following statement on the House of Representative’s passage of resolutions against Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants:
World leaders are gathering in Paris this week to launch intense discussion about the urgent challenge of climate change. President Barack Obama told those in attendance that the United States recognizes its role in creating this problem and will embrace its responsibility for fixing it. This leadership stands in stark contrast to the House of Representatives, which demonstrated a reckless disregard for the global effort to address climate change, and its continued fealty to Big Oil, Big Coal, and other polluters.
These resolutions are nothing more than a desperate maneuver by polluters and their allies in Congress to cling to the dirty energy sources of the past. Climate deniers in Congress are ignoring the overwhelming consensus of scientists about the urgency and scale of climate change and are holding back the United States as other countries rush to invest in cleaner energy technologies. The Clean Power Plan is central to the president’s strategy to cut the power plant pollution that threatens human health and causes climate change while building the clean energy economy of the future. I applaud President Obama’s commitment to veto these cynical and political resolutions.
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